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Ptolemy (son of Abubus)
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Ptolemy, son of Abubus. Governor of the Jericho region during the time of the Hasmoneans; son-in-law and murderer of Simon Maccabeus (1 Macc 16:11–17). Ptolemy hosted his father-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mattathias and Judas, at a feast when they were inspecting the territory. When his guests became drunk, Ptolemy killed them and then offered to deliver the country into the hands of Seleucid King Sidetes (135/4 bc).In his Inferno, Dante named one of the rounds in the ninth circle of hell for Ptolemy, son of Abubus, because of his treachery against his invited guests.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Ptolemy, Son of Abubus
Ptolemy, Son of Abubus Ptolemy, son of Abubus. Governor of the Jericho region during the time of the Hasmoneans; son-in-law and murderer of Simon Maccabeus (1 Macc 16:11–17). Ptolemy hosted his father-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mattathias and Judas, at a feast when they were inspecting the territory.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Ptolemy (Person)
PTOLEMY (PERSON) [Gk Ptolemaios (Πτολεμαιος)]. A name of Macedonian origin (Gk ptolemaios “warlike”) borne by the founder and, as a dynastic name, by all subsequent rulers of the line of Greek-speaking kings who ruled Egypt after the death of Alexander the Great (323 b.c.) until the country’s annexation
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ptolemy
12. Ptolemy son of Abubus; son-in-law of Simon Maccabeus; a governor in Judea. His ambition led him to deceive, trap, and murder Simon and two of his sons at Dok near Jericho (1 Macc. 16:11–17).
Ptolemy
Ptolemy tolʹə-mi ̂ Gk. Ptolemaios]. The dynastic name of the Hellenistic kings reigning in Egypt 323–30 b.c.; also a rather common name during that period.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ptolemy
Ptolemy (tol´uh-mee), the dynastic name of the kings who ruled Egypt after the death of Alexander the Great.1 Ptolemy I, “Soter” (d. 283/2 bce), founder of the dynasty. He established the administrative and military structure of Egypt. He also created a hellenized Egyptian cult around the god Serapis
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Ptolemy
PTOLEMY. The name borne by the 14 kings of the purely Macedonian Greek dynasty that ruled Egypt c. 323 to 30 bc.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ptolemy
Ptolemy (Gk. Ptolemaɩ́os)1. Ptolemy I Soter ([323]305–282 b.c.e.) was a worthy founder of the Ptolemaic dynasty (his father was Lagus, which is why the dynasty is sometimes called the Lagids). He was a true polymath, not only being a general and strategist of considerable ability but also a statesman
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Ptolemy
PTOLEMY The name of fourteen rulers who reigned in Egypt from ca. 323 to 30 b.c. The name is derived from the founder of the dynasty, Ptolemy I Soter (r. 304–285 b.c.); every male successor bore the same name.With the death of Alexander the Great, Ptolemy, son of Lagus, one of Alexander’s most capable
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Ptolemies
PTOLEMIESFrom the Greek takeover of the Persian Empire in the late fourth century b.c. to the Roman annexation of Egypt in the mid-first century b.c., Egypt was ruled by a succession of kings and queens from a family of outsiders. The dynasty was fathered by Ptolemy, a high-ranking Macedonian general
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ptolemee
Ptol´emee, or Ptoleme´us.1. “The son of Dorymenes,” 1 Macc. 3:38; 2 Macc. 4:45; comp. Polyb. v. 61, a courtier who possessed great influence with Antiochus Epiphanes.2. The son of Agesarchus, a Megalopolitan, surnamed Macron, 2 Macc. 10:12, who was governor of Cyprus during the minority of Ptolemy
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Ptolemy
PtolemyPtolemy (tahlʹuh-mee), the dynastic name of the kings who ruled Egypt after the death of Alexander the Great. 1 Ptolemy I, ‘Soter’ (d. 283/2 b.c.), founder of the dynasty. He established the administrative and military structure of Egypt. He also created a hellenized Egyptian cult around the
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Ptolemy
PTOLEMY [TOL eh mih] — a general title (similar to pharaoh) of the 14 Greek kings who ruled Egypt between the conquest of Alexander the Great and the Roman conquest of Egypt in 30 b.c.After the death of Alexander the Great in 323 b.c., his empire eventually fell into the hands of two of his generals,
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Relatives
Abubus Father
Simon Father-In-Law
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